I don’t know how many of you are like me, but I am slightly opposed to the jewelry box concept. I prefer to get ready in the morning and have most of my “jewels” visible, not buried in a box that I have to dig to find. Yes, I do own a jewelry box. It holds some of my older accessories that I do not wear to often. I suppose if I had some fancy or nicer pieces I might actually appreciate the box concept a bit more. But for now, I have a ton of ear rings and even more necklaces that typically lie on my vanity, taking up space and collecting dust.
Time for a change! Let me present you with my Anti Jewelry Box Solution!
First of all, the necklace dilema was the easy one to fix. Remember those Command Strip hooks you see commercials for around Christmas time? The commercial recommends you hang your stocking with these hooks. Well I recommend you hang your necklaces with these hooks! Check it out!
Okay, so for the record, this project was done about a month ago so that I could enjoy it throughout the fall season. I just became a bit of a blogging slacker and forgot to post this! I mean, what’s the point of taking photos throughout the project if I’m not going to share them with the world?!
Anyways, Kirsten and I decided that we needed to work on some seasonal projects, so here is one of mine.
Sunday’s Craft Project Mission: Make pretty cork boards for over my desk.
So it’s old news that I got a roomie and had to condense my bedroom, guest room, cat room, and office into one. What else was old? The ugly bulletin boards I had. Well, to be fair, they weren’t ugly, but they were very far from pretty. So here’s what I did.
YEARS ago (I capitalized years because it was many more than 3)… anyway YEARS ago I inherited my grandfathers row boat oars. This man used to spend his free time out rowing around the Albemarle Sound fishing and crabbing and protecting me from the vicious geese that seemed to take a liking to me. When he passed away, wow, over 10 years ago, I believe his oars were sent to my family’s cottage, and sat there collecting dust. About four years ago I asked my mom if I could have them, honestly not sure why I wanted them. The oars came to my new house and sat on my back deck for three and a half years, not only collecting dust but tons of spiderwebs!
This past month I came home from visiting a friend in Richmond and felt inspired after seeing her super cute house. I had gotten lazy with my projects and crafts. After spending some time in her well decorated, totally crafty, Martha-Stewart-Would-Be-Impressed home, I felt like I needed to do something!
I walked out on my deck and saw the oars sitting in the corner. I sanded them down but left them a bit rugged. I found some random shelf hooks at ikea to hang the oars. But I decided they needed more of a purpose than just hanging over a door… they were going to become curtain rods! I went to the material store and bought some inexpensive burlap and some rope. I’m no sewer, which I’m not proud of, so I had the lady cut them the length I thought I needed. Instead of sewing the top of the curtains, I just cut holes for the rope to be the “curtain hooks.” It’s supposed to look rustic, so who cares if there are holes and rope holding the curtains up?!
Next, I added a little flair. The whole project looked nice, but it still needed something. The wacky ikea shelving system had a hole, where you were supposed to nail the shelf to the shelf holder. I decided to add some starfish and buttons to it!
I took photos of the entire process, which I think my macbok ate. I will keep looking for the photos, but in the mean time you can take a look at the finished product. Let me know what you think! I’m sure my grandfather would be laughing, knowing that his rowboat oars are now curtain rods! 🙂